Lakers' Ball exits in third with calf tightness

From ESPN - July 16, 2017

LAS VEGAS -- Lonzo Ball left Sunday night's game against Dallas with tightness in his right calf and did not return.

The Lakers' promising rookie suffered the injury in the third quarter and departed with 6:26 remaining in the third quarter of the Las Vegas summer league semifinals. The team said he was available to play if needed, but the Lakers were cautious with their No. 2 overall pick.

The Lakers beat the Mavericks 108-98 and advanced to face the Blazers in the summer league final at 10 p.m. ET Monday on ESPN.

Ball said he would receive treatment Monday before seeing if he can play in the championship game. There's optimism among Lakers officials he might be able to play.

With Magic Johnson, GM Rob Pelinka and coach Luke Walton watching, Ball was having his best shooting night of summer league, draining five of seven shots, including two of three 3-pointers, for 16 points. He dished out 10 assists, all by halftime, to go with four rebounds in a showdown against Dallas rookie Dennis Smith Jr.

Ball has created a stir with his choice of shoes for each game, from Big Baller Brand to Nike to Adidas to Under Armour. But he has impressed several executives and coaches around the league as one of the best performers at summer league, racking up two triple-doubles while coming close to a couple other triple-doubles, including a 36-point, 11-assist, eight-rebound performance against the Sixers.


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